Safe Winter Driving Tips
Now that the cold, winter weather is here, you may be stuck driving in snowy or icy conditions. While you do not have to stay in your house all winter to remain safe, it is important to make sure that you know how to properly drive in winter conditions. Keep these winter driving tips in mind to ensure that you stay safe while behind the wheel this season.
- Decelerate and accelerate slowly. Softly applying the gas is the best way to keep traction and avoid skidding on icy roads. It takes much longer to slow down on icy roads, so make sure that you start applying your brakes before you normally would.
- Slow down. Everything takes longer when the road is covered in snow. Give yourself enough time to accelerate, decelerate, and turn when driving this winter.
- Increase your following distance from 8 to 10 seconds so that you will have enough time to stop if the car in front of you decides to slam on the brakes.
- Keep the heel of your foot on the ground and apply steady pressure with the ball of your foot to the brake to slow down. Never slam on the brakes to avoid skidding.
- Try not to come to a complete stop if you can avoid it since it takes much more time to get going from a dead stop than a slow roll.
- Never stop when you are going up hill. It is very difficult to get moving again on an icy hill if you are at a complete stop.
- If the weather is especially bad, cancel your plans and stay home. While you may know how to stay safe when driving, it does not mean that everyone else does.